GoodWeave Expands Label Scheme from Rugs to Home Textiles in the UK and Gives Design Industry Means to Turn Back on Exploitation

August 28, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Fay Handley, Fay@GoodWeave.org or +44 844 2437838

The GoodWeave labelling scheme is expanding into home textiles, including throws, pillows, poufs and cushion covers. The expansion of GoodWeave’s certification programme, which to date has worked to eradicate child, slave and forced labour in the hand-made rug sector and to educate rescued children, is being supported by investment from the UK Government. At Decorex, GoodWeave will be taking the opportunity to discuss with retailers, importers and manufacturers in the design sector how they can join the scheme and ensure transparency in their supply chains.

Scott Welker, International Business Development Director of GoodWeave International will be on the GoodWeave stand (G49): “Any company importing rugs and home textiles from South Asia will be aware of the high risk that their products are being made in part with child and slave labour. The GoodWeave certification scheme has made huge inroads into eradicating such practices in the rug sector – we are on the ground with teams of inspectors in India and Nepal and we are therefore keen to talk to all retailers, designers and importers looking to verify their own supply chains”.

GoodWeave was announced as one of ten successful bidders for a share of the first Modern Slavery Innovation Fund (MSIF)*, totalling £6m, in March this year. The grant from the UK Government will allow GoodWeave to fast-track developments into other manufacturing sectors, initially home textiles in India and Nepal, and help more UK companies establish a real-time map of their supply chains, from factories right down to home-workers.

The organisation partners with brands and importers which require full transparency from their suppliers, including no child labour, forced or slave labour. GoodWeave then maps supply chains and conducts unannounced inspections at all production sites, whether at a factory or inside a home. Producers found exploiting children or adults risk losing their customers, therefore making the issue of child and forced labour unprofitable. Without this market leverage and deep supply chain access, it would be impossible to locate victims or prevent exploitation. Child labourers are rescued and provided with free counselling, education and even a home, if needed.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates 168 million children and 21 million forced labourers toil in the world today. Standard corporate compliance and auditing programmes fail to help the vast majority of victims, because their reach remains within factories. Meanwhile, the most exploited workers are virtually invisible at the bottom of the chain in difficult-to-trace locations, including cottage industries and home workers.

Further information:

  • *The successful bidders of the Modern Slavery Innovation Fund were announced by Amber Rudd, Home Secretary, 15 March 2017. It is specifically to help pay for projects to stop child slavery in factories supplying products to the UK and work to identify and disrupt key human trafficking routes to the UK used by organised crime gangs. The fund follows the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 which firmly places the responsibility on companies to root out and eradicate child labour from their supply chains. For further information, contact the Home Office Press Office: 020 7035 3535.
  • GoodWeave works in partnership with over 140 brands worldwide, including The Rug Company, Macy’s and Target. In the UK there are 25 licensees including The Rug Company, Rug Couture, Tania Johnson, Matthew Wailes and Namaste UK.
  • GoodWeave is a full member of the ISEAL Alliance, having demonstrated adherence to best practices in certification and sustainability standards.